Egypt FA backs coach despite CAN consecutive losses

Mahmoud Elassal, Thursday 11 Sep 2014

Egypt FA boss says coach Shawky Gharib will continue to lead the team despite losing two games in the 2015 African Nations Cup qualifiers

Egypt's coach Shawky Gharib (L) stands next to team director Ahmed Hassan (2nd L) during their African Nations Cup qualifying soccer match against Tunisia in Cairo September 10, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt Football Association (EFA) chairman Gamal Allam has backed national team coach Shawky Gharib after losing 1-0 to Tunisia in the second match of the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers on Wednesday.

Egypt suffered their second African Cup of Nations qualifying defeat, losing 1-0 to Tunisia at Air Defence Stadium after the 2-0 loss to Senegal, leaving their hopes of reaching the 2015 Morocco finals in doubt.

"Shawky Gharib will continue leading the team," the EFA boss announced after the game.

"I will hold a meeting with the technical staff to learn the reasons for the two losses," he added.

Gharib was appointed in November after former manager, American Bob Bradley, resigned from his post when he failed to reach the 2014 World Cup.

Egypt are the record winners of the Nations Cup with seven titles under their belt, winning in 1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010.

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